NCIS 2015 IS HERE!


ncisThe 2015 release of the Nevada Career Information System (NCIS) is now live. This PDF- NCIS Whatsnew2015d highlights many of the new features in the system. For those of you who are new to NCIS – it is a comprehensive career guidance system used by jobseekers and students, and the many career development professionals who assist them, to explore careers and postsecondary education and training options. NCIS also contains assessments, sorting tools and information files on related topics such as conducting a job search or writing a resume.

To begin exploring:

  1. Go to Databases A-Z
  2. Select the “N” tab
  3. Select Nevada Career Information System

Early Literacy iPad Apps, Info and Resources


DontLet-Disney-iPad-lgDid you know that certain technology and devices can enhance the learning experience for pre-readers?  iPads offer a multi-sensory tool for engaging a child in a creative, collaborative environment.

Touchscreen technology….

  • Allows children to hear and manipulate letter sounds for learning.
  • Engages children on a multi-sensory level.
  • Involves Visual, Auditory, and Kinesthetic modalities.
  • Helps to develop fine motor, language, cognitive, and social skills.
  • Promotes enjoyment of learning through interactive and collaborative play.

Visit Hot Topics – Parenting for iOS apps, books, and information resources to help you get started with using technology with your young child.

Science in Context now linked to NGSS


Next Generation science in context buttonScience Standards (NGSS) for Middle and High School have been added to the Library resources listed below.

View the standards in each resource under Curriculum Standards. Here are the links for the standards for Science in Context:

Library Resources now linked with NGSS:

Back to School Time – The Library Can Help You With Your Homework!


homework helpGot Homework? The Library has terrific online resources available 24/7 365 days a year, which makes it quick and easy to do your homework. There are Always Available eBooks, databases and vetted websites in all subject areas. Best of all there is FREE online Tutoring with a real teacher!  Available for all grade levels and subjects. So there is no excuse for poor grades this year with all our terrific resources. To get started visit our Hot Topics, select your subject area or select Databases A-Z. Students can also access Homework Help pages by grade level from the Library’s Homepage. And Teachers, we have not forgotten you! We have put together a new tool called the Teacher’s Toolbox which is full of lesson plans, activities and what the library can do for you and your students.

K-12 Students Excel with School eBooks


kids favorites2In a recent post by OverDrive they talk about a recent eBook study done in Australia. The study engaged Australian students with eBooks conducted by the New South Wales Department of Education and Communities and OverDrive reseller Softlink.

Here are the key findings:

  • 41% of student respondents indicated they were reading more than usual by the end of the project
  • 47% of teacher respondents indicated students were enjoying reading more, with 21% believing reading skills were improved
  • 100% of parents/carers expressed desire for ongoing access to eBooks
  • Teachers and teacher librarians saw the greatest benefit was in reading comprehension
  • Students believed using eBooks improved their writing and creativity, and reading independently
  • The benefits of using eBooks are more far reaching than developing confidence using technology
  • The most common devices used for accessing eBooks were school computers, iPads, iPods and home computers.
  • The opportunity to access a range of eBooks enriched the collection of resources available to students and teachers.
  • Reading and writing enjoyment and skills development was evidenced by quality student work samples and feedback resulting from the planned learning activities.

To read more about the study see the original article.

To see our collection of eBooks for doing homework or for reading pleasure visit these sites: